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Can somebody be addicted to sleep?

Discussion in 'Other Substances' started by rainbowguard, Jan 15, 2015.

  1. rainbowguard

    rainbowguard Senior Contributor

    I remember I used to have a roommate in college that loved to sleep so much that it interfered with his classes. I literally had to pull him out of his bed during exam days. He said that sleeping is his favorite activity and everyday he can sleep for more than 12 hours during different times of the day. Otherwise, he didn't have any other abnormal habits. He didn't seem to have addictions to drugs, tobacco, or alcohol either. Is it just laziness in general or can it be categorized as an addiction? Do you have somebody like that in your life and what do you do about it?
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  2. Sparkster

    Sparkster Community Champion

    No, I have never known anyone like that and I don't think it can be attributed to addiction. It could just be a result of boredom or perhaps laziness, as you suggested. Depression also makes people want to sleep a lot more. I have, however, known people who were narcoleptic and could not help falling alseep suddenly, sometimes at the most in appropriate of times. Narcolepsy is a sleeping disorder though, so not an addiction.
  3. primalclaws1974

    primalclaws1974 Senior Contributor

    I don't think it is an addiction. Some people just seem to want or need more sleep than a typical eight. By the time we are all adults that's all we need. I have read that if you sleep ten or more, it can actually be bad on your health. Some people are lethargic because of other conditions too. Did he have any health issues? Did he fall asleep in odd places? He could even have narcolepsy.
  4. Adrianna

    Adrianna Community Champion

    I don't think any adult sleeps 12 hours at a time. This sounds like a fairy tale. Lol, I mean really. A teenager maybe. A 14 year old needs 12 hours a night. Adults need 7-8 hours sleep a night, at least. Sometimes people don't fall asleep right away or wake up early. They want to get more sleep because they didn't get enough. Sleep is by far one of the most important things that everyone needs. If you only sleep 3-6 hours or less a night you are seriously messing your brain and body up. You will also age faster. It also makes you extremely toxic mentally. So, get plenty of sleep. Maybe afternoon and evening classes would be best for someone who does the right thing for their body. Getting adequate sleep is not an addiction, it is just common sense. I guess if someone doesn't get enough sleep all the time they would be completely irrational, especially if they do it on a constant basis. I use to know someone who probably slept 3-6 a night. He was so paranoid and irrational. Sleep is more important than anything, fix your schedule around how to get the optimum amount.
  5. rainbowguard

    rainbowguard Senior Contributor

    He was my roommate in college. I remembered he certainly slept for more than 12 hours per day (not consecutively but in total as he slept during different parts of the day). There was a day when he slept for more than 12 hours consecutively though (like waking up after 12pm when he went to bed at midnight). As far as I know, it affected his school attendance and his grades. He gets enough sleep for sure.

    He doesn't have any health problem that I knew of. He was just slightly overweight. If you meant by odd places are class, library, lab, or cafeteria, then yes, he's slept in those places. He never slept in places weirder than that unlike hangover guys who sleep on the street after party.

    He doesn't affect me anymore since I no longer live with him but I am just curious about his case and wondered if there is an explanation for that.
  6. Saraldra

    Saraldra Member

    I think this is less of an addiction and more of a health problem. I'm no expert but something in his body may not be functioning the way it should, causing a need for more sleep.

    Or it just depends on the person. I am perfectly comfortable with 6 hours of sleep per day, for example.
  7. zaerine

    zaerine Community Champion

    I also do not know someone who is like that and also never heard of a sleeping addiction. I also think that it could be a health problem like he less energetic. Sleeping too much might also not healthy since anything in excess is bad.
  8. juliaintheclouds

    juliaintheclouds Active Contributor

    I have to admit that I am also a big sleeper. I don't consider it an addiction though. I have some thyroid/hormonal issues and as I am working these out with my doctor I am finding I need to sleep less. Maybe your friend has some type of imbalances. They should visit their doctor and have a round of blood tests to determine if anything is out of whack.
  9. xTinx

    xTinx Community Champion

    You can be addicted to just about anything in this world. Anything taken excessively and obsessively to the point that it disrupts the normal flow of life constitutes addiction. So my answer to your question is in the affirmative. You may have to check, though. Just when you think it's an addiction of sorts, it's actually a sleep disorder like narcolepsy. Perhaps your roommate may have been suffering from an undisclosed illness, rendering him prone to sleeplessness.
  10. missbishi

    missbishi Community Champion

    It sounds like there might have been a problem with his health, even if he didn't realise it at the time. He could have been anaemic or had another deficiency perhaps.
  11. Thestoryteller1

    Thestoryteller1 Active Contributor

    Hmm, that is a complex one. Yes, it can be a side-product to a health issue...and it can be few other things too. I will talk from my experience. A "normal" version of that is when you have period of utter exhaustion and then your body catches up when that gets possible- for example, I had a summer with working 6x weekly x 16 hours and then a full semester in university with 6 classes, part time job and an online store to when Christmas break came, I had a list of things to "catch up on". I had spend almost a full year sleeping 4 hours a night, so I suddenly found myself sleeping 12 hours daily for 3 weeks straight (well, after that for like a week I got insomnia constantly, but that is another story).
    There are also 2 more options:
    1. Depression.
    When I was depressed, I was feeling low constantly and wanted to sleep a lot. Since I couldn't sleep enough during the night(dormitory issues) I found myself taking naps during the day regularly and falling asleep in classes. Still took me months to figure out how depressed I really was since I was repressing feelings. Anyway, one of the common depression symptoms is wanting to sleep a lot or not sleeping at all.
    2. Very stress-packed periods, the "crisis mode" periods
    When I had to deal with a lot emotionally and physically at one point in my life, I suddenly increased how much I sleep with 3-4hours...When your brain is dealing with a lot on daily basis for long period, you need more sleep for mental rest. None of those options are addictions though, just by-product of other things. I don't know if there can be sleep addiction, but I suppose it can if you start feeling comforted by sleeping and running from your problems in that way.
  12. angel_lou

    angel_lou Active Contributor

    When I was a child a friends sisters boyfriend had 'sleeping flu' where he couldnt stay awake. It lasted about 3 weeks, but heard nothing about it since then.
  13. elles-belles

    elles-belles Community Champion

    I can;t confidently say a person can be addicted to sleep...honestly I have never heard of a professional term along those lines. I do know that there are people who suffer from Hypersomnia; which is basically the opposite of insomnia! This is more a disorder than an addiction though so I can't see how it properly ties up with your friend's oversleeping or love of sleep.
    I know of someone who enjoys their sleep way too much, almost to a similar point as your friend there. With this person though they sleep a lot due to the fact that they can't seem to sleep normal hours anyways.
  14. 003

    003 Community Champion

    If somebody is addicted to sleep, then he might be having more serious problem and trouble. He could be under depression and he's just too shy to talk about it. I think no one could really be addicted to sleep. If someone likes to sleep all day all night, he might be avoiding the reality, and just want to be in comfort. If he's doing it excessively, then he's undergoing emotional trouble.
  15. Nergaahl

    Nergaahl Community Champion

    Hmm, maybe your colleague was just enjoying his "without mommy and daddy" days by relaxing a bit too much. Or maybe it has other affections which make him sleep so much. This is very weird though, imagine how a sleeping addiction rehab center would be like.
  16. karmaskeeper

    karmaskeeper Community Champion

    I'm addicted to sleep when my husband is home for more then a weeko_O He is a trucker when he comes home, and doesn't leave back out in a weeks time. I seriously put myself in sleep mode. So I suppose its possible to be addicted to it if a person finds it helpful.
  17. Rainman

    Rainman Community Champion

    Sleeping too much IMHO isn't an addiction. It's a symptom of underlying issues which ought to be addressed. Depression for example causes some people to sleep more than usual while others experience bouts of acute insomnia. Sleeping too much therefore could mean that person is trying to cope with depression
  18. Charli

    Charli Community Champion

    I've met people like these and I've also looked up a little bit on this behavior, and from what I understood most of the cases link it to depression. Of course it would be absurd to label every sleep enthusiast as depressed, but at least for the majority I think there might be truth behind this, and for the others, if they're happy and doing their duties then I don't think there needs to be any reason behind it besides the fact that they like it.
  19. karmaskeeper

    karmaskeeper Community Champion

    Yes there is a link between depression, and sleep. When a person is a sleep they don't have to deal with life's problems.
    My mama is 73 and she is in a nursing home. When I go to see her I have to make sure it's in the afternoon. Otherwise she will be a sleep. The staff there tell me she would sleep all the time if they let her.

    I ask mama one time why do want to sleep all the time her reply was "To forget it all." I can relate to that sleep is so peaceful, and worry free.
  20. Teresa

    Teresa Senior Contributor

    Sleep is a beautiful thing! I would very much like to sleep a full 12 hours. I would even enjoy anything over the current 3 to 4 hours a night of sleep that I get. I agree that sleep can be an addiction if used as a way to "turn off" all the things in your waking world that you just can not or do not want to deal with.